Spalding RFC’s hopes of survival took a massive blow as they lost 32-12 at rivals Market Rasen and Louth in Midlands One East on Saturday, while Deepings and Bourne also suffered league losses.
Town had earmarked the Lincolnshire derby as one they should win, but the loss leaves them seven points from safety (outside of the bottom three) with games running out.
Meanwhile, Deepings went down 22-15 at home in Midlands Three East (South) and Bourne were 15-9 losers at home in Midlands Four East (South).
More rugby in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
Midlands One East: Bedford Athletic 20 Kettering 10; Ilkeston 36 Market Bosworth 7; Loughborough 7 Towcestrians 43; Market Rasen & Louth 32 Spalding 12; Newark 19 Peterborough 17.
Midlands Three East (South): Daventry 38 Northampton Mens Own 19; Deepings 15 Long Buckby 22; Northampton Casuals 16 Rugby St Andrews 16; Stewarts & Lloyds v Old Newtonians (home walkover).
Midlands Four East (South): Bourne 9 Thorney 15; Brackley v Stamford College Old Boys (home walkover); St Neots 54 Aylestone Athletic 5; Wellingborough OG 3 Oundle 78.